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Album Review

Foxing – Dealer

Foxing - Dealer

An album for late nights and long ponderings.

Label: Triple Crown Records
Released: 30th October 2015

Rating: ★★★★

One of the fundamental requirements for any artist is the ability to handle criticism in the most appropriate manner. For St. Louis quintet Foxing, it wasn’t so easy to avoid taking harsh words to heart, and when they struggled to roll with the metaphorical punches, it was back to the drawing board for the follow-up to their blistering debut, ‘The Albatross’. It isn’t the first time that a band’s struggled to take it on the chin, and it certainly won’t be the last.

The conception of ‘Dealer’ proves that seclusion offered solace to the band, as they decamped to the Vermont wilderness to piece together their second album. The remoteness of their cabin getaway resonates throughout an album which tenderly touches on elements of both emo and post-rock.

That’s not to say that it is without its breathtaking moments: ‘Night Channels’ sends sombre piano chords and angular guitar twangs darting from ear to ear like it’s nobody’s business, while ‘Glass Coughs’ has the intense swell of a post-rock epic down to a tee with its glorious crescendo.

A slight air of desperation could have surrounded this self-proclaimed ‘make or break’ record, but Foxing have swapped a visceral yet insignificant edge for a sense of melodic clarity. Success is always a potentially transient concept, but criticism is even more impermanent. Whether it makes or breaks Foxing, this is an album for late nights and long ponderings, this will warm the cockles of even the most sorrowful souls. Danny Randon